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Winterhawks rally, win with 20 seconds left

Petan scores 4 goals; Bjorkstrand gets game-winner vs. Saskatoon before 10,146


by: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Oliver Bjorkstrand got two goals Sunday night, including the game-winner with 20 seconds to go against Saskatoon.PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS 6, Saskatoon Blades 5

Sunday night, Moda Center, 10,146 announced attendance

HIGHLIGHTS

• In a wild game before a huge junior hockey crowd, the Winterhawks rallied from a 4-1 deficit, after giving up four straight goals, and win in the final minute.

Nicolas Petan scored four goals, and Oliver Bjorkstrand's second goal — with 20 seconds remaining — lifted the Hawks to the home-ice victory.

WHAT IT MEANS

• Portland pulled back to within one point of Western Hockey League points leader Everett, with both having played 28 games going into their match-up Tuesday night at Everett.

TOP PERFORMERS

• Petan scored three consecutive goals, two to end the second period and again at 1:42 of the third period, as Portland rallied to tie the Blades 4-4.

After Saskatoon took the lead on a power play at 5:46 of the third frame, Petan got his fourth goal of the night (and 19th this season) with the man advantage at 13:48.

• Bjorkstrand opened the scoring at 19:37 of the first period (Saskatoon answered 11 seconds later).

Bjorkstand's game-winner was his 23rd goal of the season.

• The Hawks' Brendan Leipsic had five assists — on every goal but Portland's first.

KEY STATS

• Portland finished with a 53-16 lead in shots, outshooting Saskatoon 14-4 in the first period, 21-8 in the second and 18-4 in the third.

WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE

STANDINGS

Everett 20-4-4-0 (44) (U.S. Division leader)

Kelowna 19-3-0-2 (40) (B.C. Division leader)

Portland 20-5-2-1 (43)

Victoria 18-11-0-1 (37)

Spokane 17-10-0-2 (36)

Seattle 16-9-1-3 (36)

Tri-City 15-12-1-2 (31)

Vancouver 12-11-4-2 (30)

Prince George 11-16-1-3 (26)

Kamloops 6-18-2-2 (16)

NEXT

The Winterhawks play at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Everett in a battle of WHL Western Conference and U.S. Division leaders (KPAM 860 AM).